A lesson in life and inspiration

My mum passed away nearly three weeks ago. It still feels strange to see those words on the screen. It was expected, but not as quickly as the end came. It doesn’t matter what the cause of her death was (a stage IV cancer), just the fact that she’s gone. But what’s important is the…

Manaus, the Amazon city where the waters meet

As the home to England’s first World Cup game, the spotlight falls on Manaus this weekend. (England are already phoning in their excuses about the humidity which can be brutal). Manaus often gets overlooked by visitors to Brazil. It’s a long way from anywhere (a four hour flight from São Paulo), and those who do visit are…

Destination guide to Itacaré for South America Backpacker

The World Cup is just around the corner and interest in Brazil is higher than ever. Which is a perfect opportunity to give a little love to one of my favourite places in Brazil, Itacaré . I’ve written a destination guide to Itacaré for South America Backpacker, a great new site from the people behind…

There’s nothing ‘brave’ about visiting Colombia

“Colombia? Wow, you’re brave!” Just one of the reactions I’ve had since I came back. Several others have joked that at least I didn’t get kidnapped. But there’s nothing brave about visiting Colombia. Sure, a lot of people still associate it with the FARC. There are still areas not recommended for travel due to residual…

An old favourite, now in living colour (Canaima and Angel Falls)

Way back in the mists of time (ok, 2007) when I started this travel blog, it was more of a travel diary, notes copied from my trusty Moleskine. Although we travelled with an SLR, it wasn’t digital. So for some reason, the photos from my first trip to South America remained in an elusive Flickr…

There’s always more to see

‘There is always more to see’ An advertising slogan for a BBC TV channel caught my eye the other day. It really chimed with me because sometimes people ask why I keep travelling. ‘Haven’t you seen all of South America now?’ (No, just a tiny fraction). I remember the first time I stepped on a…

World Cycling Championships in Tuscany

Sometimes luck and good timing combine to offer you unexpected opportunities. When we planned a few days in Tuscany, we knew the World Cycling Championship road race would be in Florence the following weekend. As a cycling fan I was a little bit disappointed to be missing it by only a couple of days. As…

Autumn escapes and future travel plans

September is a great time to travel in Europe. I love the autumn colours and the crowds have thinned out enough to make wandering through a new city enjoyable again. This month I’m off to Tuscany for four days to celebrate my birthday with delicious ice-cream, a stay in a spa town and visits to…

Capture the Colour 2013

The Capture the Colour contest, run by Travel Supermarket, is running again this summer. Last year I used it to highlight some scenes from a trip to Bahia in Brazil. This time I thought I’d broaden it out a bit. Click on the photos to enlarge. Green I could have chosen a landscape, but this…